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Pegasus House: The former HQ of the Bristol Aeroplane Company is restored

The Gazette and ThisIsBristol.com have both ran stories on the restoration of Pegasus House, the Grade II listed art deco building in Filton which once housed the Bristol Aeroplane Company. That restoration is now complete with the Duke of Gloucester taking part in the official ceremony yesterday to mark the completion. Designed by Austen Hall […]

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Best of the Web: Some great aviation podcasts from AVweb

AVweb has a nice collection of aviation podcast interviews with various aviation personalities organized in a section of their homepage and some of the more recent podcasts worth noting would include the following: The Man Behind HondaJet. After making a drawing on the back of a calendar, Mishimasa Fujino then had to convince Honda to […]

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Best of the Web: More aviation books for the summer

In addition to the list we came up with last Sunday, here are a few more aviation books focused on military aviation or history which you might want to add to your summer reading list: Battle Flight – RAF Air Defence Projects and Weapons since 1945. Military aviation buffs interested in air defense and weapons, […]

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Amelia Earhart’s birthday (and the lawsuit over the search for her plane)

Amelia Earhart was born 116 years ago today on July 24, 1897 while the anniversary of her July 2, 1937 disappearance was just a few weeks ago. To this day, we still don’t know for certain what happened to her, but you might not know that from a lawsuit that’s been filed against the group […]

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Rare radio chatter clip of a WWII Lancaster bomber engaging a German fighter

Hat tip to the Aviationist blog for finding and posting this video containing a rare radio chatter clip from a British Lancaster Bomber flying a mission over Germany during World War Two when its attacked by a German fighter. The crew sounds like they are panicking as the fighter engages them with the captain at […]

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Remembering the “Dambusters” mission

Earlier this month, aviation enthusiasts and military veterans alike gathered outside Sheffield to mark the 70th anniversary of one of World War II’s most memorable air assaults: Operation Chastise, otherwise known as the "dambusters" mission. The gathering was extra special because vintage aircraft, including a Lancaster bomber, recreated a dambuster mission by performing three runs […]

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Welsh engineer wants to recreate a pioneer flight that never was

Wales Online has profiled retired engineer Thomas Merlin Maddock who lives in the same Valleys house on Meadow Street, in Pontycymmer as pit carpenter and would-be aviator pioneer Christopher Carlyon did in 1904. Carlyon is not going to be a familiar name to aviation history buffs, but just months after the Wright brothers took to […]

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Best of the Web

Podcast Interview with Terrafugia’s CEO. Terrafugia, the developer of the Transition street-legal airplane, has begun feasibility studies for a four-seat, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) plug-in hybrid-electric flying car it intends to call the TF-X. Carl Dietrich, the CEO of Terrafugia, recently did a podcast interview with AVweb to discuss the company’s plans; but even […]

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